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'I can see it in the nightclub': dance, capoeira and male bodies

Stephens, Neil James and Delamont, Sara ORCID: 2014. 'I can see it in the nightclub': dance, capoeira and male bodies. The Sociological Review 62 (1) , pp. 149-166. 10.1111/1467-954X.12062

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This paper reports an ethnographic study of how Brazilians teaching capoeira in the UK use dance as a discursive and embodied pedagogic strategy both to change men's bodies and also to gauge the success of their instructional work. The theoretical framework is drawn from Herzfeld's neglected study of the poetics of manhood in Crete which is revisited in the light of his subsequent analysis of the embodiment of ethnographic practice. Ethnographic research is used to show how British men learning capoeira are enculturated into a different, Brazilian, embodiment in which dance is masculine, and dancing is one way to display a social self-regard. Discourse about performance helps to define the appropriateness of the social self-regard that the capoeira students acquire and display.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: capoeira; dance; bodies; masculinities; performativity; poetics
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1467-954X
Date of Acceptance: 22 October 2012
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:32

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